Modern Europe

Block E - Russia

Discover Modern Europe in this exciting and informative topic. Understand the amazing physical and human geography of Modern Europe. Travel around, learn key facts and explore the varied countries that make up our European continent. Develop skills in human and physical geography and further your historical and cultural knowledge of these countries as well!

Raise awareness of the four major Russian biomes to help protect them for future generations. Can you become a Biome Co-ordinator and put on your own creative biome exhibition that will include food chain mobiles, adaptation fold-ups, an online classification key and a large scale model of your chosen biome? If so, then welcome to Russia!

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Brilliant biomes!

Become Biome Co-ordinators for the WWF and have a go at sort your tundras from your taigas. Share your new found knowledge as you record your very own biome news bulletin.

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02: Tangled webs - food webs unravelled

Explore the dynamics of a food chain in your focus Russian biome - who is eating whom? Make your very own food chain mobile to sort the producers from the consumers and the predators from the prey!

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03: Life in the freezer - adaptation

Investigate how arcticflora and fauna survive in such tough conditions and explore the living things in your own specialist Russian biome to discover how they are adapted to survive - share your discoveries through an adaptation fold-up.

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04: I've got the key to classification

Take part in a live classification key then see if you can get classifying Russian-style. Have a go at developing your own on-screen key that can be used as part of your final WWF exhibition.

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05 and 06: The big picture - it's modelling time!

Bring all of your research and new-found expertise on your Russian biome to create a model of this landscape. You will have full creative control of the materials that you use and the way you put it together - but remember to keep it accurate! Add your model to a creative exhibit on your biome using all the knowledge and visuals you have developed over the past few sessions - it’s time to open up to the public!